YOUTH SAILING PROGRAMS

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The Oakville Yacht Squadron Sailing School has been proudly serving the Oakville community since 1965, teaching many children and young adults to sail at our great waterfront setting.

Wet Feet

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 7-10
PREQUISITES: NONE

The OYS Wet Feet program provides a safe, fun, and exciting introduction to sailing.  We recommend this program for kids from 7 years old to 10 years old.  Our program introduces these young sailors to fundamental sailing skills including balancing the boat, steering, rigging and de-rigging the boat and tacking.  The Wet Feet program makes use of our extremely stable fleet of Optimist dinghies. For a balanced program, kids can expect their days to be filled with games and activities in addition to sailing. Kids can expect to participate in a variety of games and activities to complement their newly learned sailing knowledge.  This program is offered in two week sessions Monday through Friday throughout July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  Extended camp hours are available.

Cost per 1-week session: $395.00 (HST exempt) Cost per 2-week session: $725.00 (HST exempt)

CANSail 1 & 2

RECOMMENDED FOR AGEs 10+
PREQUISITES: NONE

The CANSail 1 & 2 introductory program focuses on fun, safety and fundamental sailing skills. Sailors will learn skills including boat balance, sail trim, heading up, tacking, gybing, leadership, knots, basic weather patterns, docking and sailing terminology.  These skills are creatively crafted into fun and unique lessons by our team of qualified and experienced instructors both on and off the water. The CANSail 1 program is taught in our fleet of RS Fevas, and the CANSail 2 program is taught in our brand new RS Quests.  These vessels are known for their stability on the water, and easy maneuverability; excellent learning vessels.  Programs are offered in two week sessions Monday to Friday during July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  CANSail 1 is now offered as a 1 week program..  Extended camp hours are available.

Cost per 2 week session: $725.00 (HST exempt)

CANSail 1 session 1 week: $395 (HST exempt)

CANSail 3 & 4

PREQUISITES: certificate in cansail 1 & 2

CANSail 3 & 4 progressively builds and develops the skills in CANSail 1 & 2, with a focus on keeping the sailor engaged with appropriate learning opportunities. The CANSail 3 & 4 program is privileged to use our large fleet of 420 dinghies. The 420 dinghies are performance boats sailed double handed being stabile at higher speeds and a modest sail area make this vessel ideal for racing. This program focuses on teamwork, boat balance and steering in various conditions, appropriate sail trim for accelerating and stopping, sailing upwind, rounding marks via gybing and tacking, tactics and strategy in regatta participation and seamanship. Our instructors develop engaging lessons that help to build these skills whilst providing an exciting day of on the water sailing activities these sailors love.

In this program, there is an opportunity for local regatta participation. Regatta participation is a highlight for our sailors in this program, and parental support is needed for chaperoning, hauling trailers, travel planning and regatta assistance. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses are not included in the program fee. Coaching will be provided at regattas.

Programs are offered in 4 week sessions Monday to Friday during July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Extended camp care is also available.

Cost for 1 month session: $1,250.00 (HST exempt)

Opti Learn to Race

PERQUISITES: certificate in cansail 1 & 2
requirements: sailor must provide their own boat.  program fee includes season storage

In the OYS Opti Learn to Race program, sailors will be working towards their achieve their CANSail 3 & 4.  The Opti racers continue to develop their skills by introducing a new racing aspect. Sailors will learn leadership, boat balance and steering in various conditions, hiking, appropriate sail trim for desired destination including accelerating and stopping, sailing upwind, rounding marks via gybing and tacking, and race tactics and strategy; all with a focus surrounding racing.  Sailors in this program are required provide their own Optimist dinghy, charters are available through the OYS Sailing School.

The Oakville Yacht Squadron is a sailing centre of excellence for racers in the GTA.  To maintain this level of excellence, a higher level of commitment from our racers and parents is required.  Regatta participation is a highlight for our sailors in this program and parental support is required by way of chaperoning, hauling trailers, travel planning and regatta assistance.  Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses are not included in the program fee.  Coaching will be provided at regattas.

Offered in 4 week sessions in July and August, Monday to Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm. Sailors may elect to return for a second 4 week session.  Extended camp care is available.

Cost for 1 month session: $1,250.00 (HST exempt)

 

The Opti Learn-to-Race Team is generously sponsored by Volvo of Oakville.

420 Race Team

PREQUISITES: certificate in cansail 1-4
requirements: sailor must supply their own boat.  Program fee includes season storage

In this program, the advancing sailors’ skills are enhanced and applied to sailing faster, more competitively while building teamwork skills.  Sailors will be working towards completing their CANSail 5 & 6.  These enthusiastic teams of sailors will combine previously learned skills to racing.  Sailors will learn imperative racing skills including optimal body position in all conditions, powering up and depowering using sail controls, sheeting and steering, tactical mark rounding, gybing and tacking in all conditions, and stopping and starting on a line.

Sailors will be using the swift and competitive 420 dinghy, in previously arranged teams of two. Sailors in this program are required provide their own 420 dinghy, whether owned or privately chartered. Summer storage is included in the registration fee.  There is a small number of 420 dinghies available for charter through the OYS Sailing School.

The Oakville Yacht Squadron is a sailing centre of excellence for racers in the GTA.  To maintain this level of excellence, a higher level of commitment from our racers and parents is required.  Regatta participation is a highlight for our sailors in this program and parental support is required by way of chaperoning, hauling trailers, travel planning and regatta assistance.  Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses are not included in the program fee.  Coaching will be provided at regattas.

Summer Season: $2,100.00 (HST exempt)

Spring and fall training opportunities are available, and participation by our race teams is strongly encouraged. Please contact our Program Manager at ssinfo@oysqn.com for more details.

 

The 420 Race Team is generously sponsored by Volvo of Oakville.

Laser Race Team

PREQUISITES: certificate in cansail 1-4
requirements: sailor must supply their own boat.  Program fee includes season storage

In this program, the advancing sailors’ skills are enhanced and applied to sailing faster and competitively.  Sailors will be working towards completing their CANSail 5 & 6.  These enthusiastic sailors will experience more challenging training sessions while mastering and combining previously learned skills in a race focused environment.  This program focuses on fine tuning the sailors’ sailing proficiency. Sailors will learn imperative racing skills including optimal body position in all conditions, powering up and depowering using sail controls, sheeting and steering, tactical mark rounding, gybing and tacking in all conditions, and stopping and starting on a line.  Sailors in this program are required provide their own Laser dinghy, whether owned or privately chartered.  Summer storage is included in the registration fee.  There is one Laser Radial dinghy available for charter through the OYS Sailing School.

The Oakville Yacht Squadron is a sailing centre of excellence for racers in the GTA.  To maintain this level of excellence, a higher level of commitment from our racers and parents is required.  Regatta participation is a highlight for our sailors in this program and parental support is required by way of chaperoning, hauling trailers, travel planning and regatta assistance.  Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses are not included in the program fee.  Coaching will be provided at regattas.

This program is offered as an 8 week session in July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Spring Training: $350
Summer Season: $2,100.00 (HST exempt)

Spring and fall training opportunities are available, and participation by our race teams is strongly encouraged. Please contact our Program Manager at ssinfo@oysqn.com for more details.

 

The Laser Race Team is generously sponsored by Volvo of Oakville.

Extended Camp Care

Available for sailors who need to be dropped off or picked up outside of our regular hours. The OYS Sailing School Program is flexible for those guardians who need to take some extra time. Extended hours in the morning will begin at 8:00 AM and in the afternoon be offered from 3:30 – 5:00 PM.

Cost: $100.00/week